Something that you notice when you talk to Mandi about her career is that it’s as rich and colorful as the cakes she’s known for decorating.
Deep down, she understands that who you are changes constantly--and accepts it.
She knows that "one of the bravest things you can do is to love yourself and lead an authentic life."
“Lemonade! Lemonade for sale!”
My son and daughter are screaming and waving cardboard signs wildly at passing cars.
“How much?” asks a cyclist as he and a partner slowly approach. He is studying the sign in front of the stand. It says Lemonade For Literacy.
Like a lot of professionals, Sharonne Park works a traditional nine-to-five job.
Monday through Friday, she leverages her experience and Masters-level education to make a living.
But when she recently went through a health scare, she allowed a dormant love of art to come back into her life.
By opening herself to grow into this unexpected direction, she speeded her recovery, became more confident and found her voice.
Perhaps most importantly, Sharonne created success on her own terms.
Food bloggers and cookbook authors have the best jobs.
They prep and pair seasonal and fresh ingredients, choosing each with judgment and intention.
Alone, a single ingredient might smell and taste amazing. Yet combined ingredients create a lovely and memorable taste experience.
With fresh produce and summer recipes on my mind, I decided to share a timeless recipe that anyone can cook up.
It’s not a dinner recipe.
It’s not a dessert recipe.
It’s a recipe for happiness.
For some of us, we move through our work and careers like “leaves blowing on the wind.”
Rather than make deliberate choices about what's next, we wait for opportunities to appear. We tell ourselves “something will come along,” then hope for the best.
Others make more deliberate career choices, recognizing that who they are has changed. And, what they’re doing no longer fits.
Shannon Huffman Polson, author of North of Hope, has guided her career deliberately, though she would not claim to have anticipated its many twists and turns.
After almost a year of working together, my virtual assistant and I were finally a team.
We had figured out how to use shared Dropbox folders.
We got to know each other’s communication style.
I knew her dogs’ names. She knew mine.
We overhauled my website, launched my blog and were prepping to launch my newsletter.
Then she quit.
Whoever said that vacation was refreshing, probably didn't have kids. Or, they vacationed without them.
After a fun, two week Spring Break with kids, I greeted my desk grappling with a serious vacation hangover.
I was a tired, drained, and zoned-out zombie.
And I had a crap-ton of stuff to do.
Thanks to the media and glossy photography, we all love ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos.
The average looking home hammered into a beautiful oasis. The urban blight smoothed into a lush park. The overweight-mom-turned-ironman-athlete.
These photos mesmerize us because they celebrate the idea of making big leaps. They are tidy packages of hope and transformation.
There are times in my life and work when I’ve felt a familiar question come up like an itch that won’t go away.
“What’s next?” goes my restless brain.
What’s next for your work? What’s next for your business? What’s next on your bucket list?
Recently, I asked around and found that a lot of people ask themselves that question, too.
I've written before that when I became a mother, everything changed.
The biggest change being, unexpectedly, grappling with my new identity of being a mom. I didn't really know who this new “me” was, and I didn't know what she was up to, some days.
Not everyone becomes a mother overnight. But who we are changes throughout our lives whether we like it or not. Knowing and accepting this is key to figuring out what’s next.